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Business Crime and Regulation

The area of Business Crime and Regulation has grown exponentially over the last 10 years.

The introduction of wide reaching legislation in the UK (including, the Enterprise Act 2002, Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, Serious Organised Crime Act 2005, Fraud Act 2006, Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, Bribery Act 2010 and the Criminal Finances Act 2017) as well as the increasingly global and aggressive approach taken by the regulatory authorities both in the UK and abroad, highlight the need for businesses, their officers and employees to be able to navigate their way effectively through the regulatory minefield facing them in their day-to-day operations.

The regulatory risks faced by businesses in all industries are significant and cannot be ignored. We believe that these risks will only increase in the years to come given an increasing emphasis on corporate responsibility and the appetite of and far reaching powers granted to the regulatory authorities and law enforcement agencies across the globe in response to the series of high profile scandals that have emerged both inside and outside the financial sector in recent times.

Fox Williams advises businesses and individuals on the full spectrum of the regulatory risk cycle: developing regulatory compliance programmes, training, risk assessments, dawn raids, crisis management, media relations, employment law and confidentiality issues, market announcements, notifications to regulators and law enforcement agencies, internal investigations and representation during criminal and/or regulatory investigations as well as any related litigation. Under the UK Bribery Act, where a rogue employee has taken actions outside the scope of their employment a corporate body may be protected provided they have adequate procedures in place. We have experience of risk assessing businesses and in advising on what constitutes adequate procedures across a range of business and could help protect you and your business from being penalised.

Our team of highly regarded partners and associates from across the practice groups, has been advising clients on all aspects of regulatory compliance and crime for well over 20 years and have worked on some of the most complex and high profile regulatory investigations, inquiries and prosecutions ever brought. We work closely with specialists from other areas of discipline (such as auditors, accountants and investigators) to ensure that we are able to respond to your needs with a seamless and effective service. Our team includes the former Anti-Bribery & Corruption Officer of a major financial institution.

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(Chambers UK, 2020)

"James Carlton is brilliant with clients and has seen it all"
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"He always goes the extra mile and he's completely supportive."
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"A high-calibre boutique firm with seasoned practitioners"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Fox Williams have the diversity in practice areas to be able to handle all spin off problems, in addition to fielding the central white-collar matters with exceptional skill and aplomb"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"James Carlton has bags of experience, good judgement and a lot of charm"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"James Carlton cares for and understands the personal toll of long-running criminal investigations on individual suspects"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"James Carlton is uniquely approachable, clever and very affable, a veteran of many of the largest criminal prosecutions over the last 25 years and a master tactician"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"James Carlton is outstanding; he exudes a calm confidence, is brilliant with clients and is a cunning strategist"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Sona Ganatra is energetic and detailed; incredibly personable and reassuring"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Fox Williams has great strength in depth on investigations and corporate crime"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"The firm is hugely experienced and practised in obtaining the very best results for its clients"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Great expertise in financial services non-contentious and contentious work and related investigatory work"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Sona Ganatra, alongside James Carlton, is an exceptional combination"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Sona Ganatra is a new partner with incredible knowledge of the area, and is very client friendly"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Peter Wright is a clear leader in this area"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"James Carlton has a very wise head; he continually demonstrates an encyclopaedic knowledge of the pitfalls of internal investigations and is incredibly astute in achieving the best possible result for his clients"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Fantastic Fox Williams LLP provides great response times, brilliantly focused advice and cost-efficient delivery"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Recent news, articles and deals:

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SFO’s approach to tackling bribery and corruption in the UKmore
Criminal Finances Act 2017 - failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasionmore
FW partner James Carlton quoted in Reuter's article on halted fraud trialmore
Financial Sanctions: How a political crisis could inadvertently affect your businessmore
FW business crime and regulation partner quoted on Reuters on JPMorgan \'Whale\' casemore
FW financial services team look at the issue of black holes and the importance of disclosure and transparencymore
FW business crime and regulation partner quoted in the Telegraph on the cash for questions scandalmore
EFG Private Bank\'s £4.2m Fine Should Scare Banks into Stricter Anti-Money Laundering Controlsmore
FW Business Crime partner quoted in The Guardian on the conflict of interest that may prevent the SFO investigating Autonomymore
Is gold the new LIBOR?more
Over-regulation or under-compliance? What is really behind London’s decline as the financial centre of the world?more
Have you been caught out by film partnerships?more
Economic crime prosecution under Deferred Prosecution Agreements more
FW\'s Business Crime specialist quoted in city City AM on Rolls-Royce corruption allegation more
SFO chief David Green expects Libor update in new yearmore

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Who should I contact?


Peter Wright
Direct dial: +44 (0)7738 122 614


James Carlton
Direct dial: +44 (0)7738 252 404


Sona Ganatra
Direct dial: +44 (0)7850 655 664


Sebastian Sayer
Senior Associate
Direct dial: +44 (0)7850 654941


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